Hello my readers! Today ( or rather tonight!) I bring to the table another topic: side hustles. Once considered a humerous yet insulting term, side hustles are now crucial in the face of a devastating economy. The prices of food and gas alone is astronomical. People of all races, creeds, and economic statuses are now holding down a “day job” all while working 1,2, or even 3 side jobs simultaneously! To that, I say: do what you need to do to support yourself and your family-just don’t kill yourself in the process!
So, with that stated, let’s talk about the path of direct sales as a side hustle. Having done direct sales myself in the past with Avon ( on 3 separate occasions), let’s establish this fact first: direct sales is NOT “easy money”. In fact, if you’re not comfortable with selling and facing potential rejection from customers, then this is not for you-at all! In order to make this work for you, it takes a strong ability to persuade others to buy products that you’re (hopefully) passionate about.
Another aspect of direct sales is operation costs. It takes money to start a business and to keep your operation running in tip top form. When I did Avon, yes the initial start fee was only $10. However, the cost of start up went up from $10 to nearly $60 because I needed to purchase brochures, samples, bags, demonstration products, etc. Not to mention, bank fees because when dealing with other folks money, it’s best to keep it separate from your personal funds! Also, don’t forget to factor other costs such as mailing, internet, phone usage, fax, office supplies, etc.
Finally, with direct sales it takes consistency.It’s very tempting to slack off when dealing with direct sales due to the flexibile nature of the work. However, you must set aside “work” times for your side hustle- and stick with them! For some, that just might mean working on your side hustle from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight during the week, more so on the weekends!
Okay. I’m done for the evening with this post. Hopefully I have given you all for food for thought on using the direct sales route to earn some extra cash, and not scared anyone off! If you’re still interested, go to the Direct Sales Association’s website for more info on legitimate opportunities: http://www.dsa.org/. In the near future I will post specific info on companies such as Mary Kay, Primerica, Cookie Lee, and (AHEM) those businesses that promote products via “passion parties”.